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Originally Posted: 10 December 2011
FROM Ocean Conservancy
Tell NOAA's Assistant Regional Administrator for Protected Resources, Christopher Yates, to implement a speed limit in critical areas to keep cargo ships from harming endangered blue whales.
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Protected Species Management Division, Long Beach, CA
501 West Ocean Boulevard, Suite 4200
Long Beach CA 90802-4213
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California's ocean wildlife deserve a safe haven from the many threats that face our ocean. However, fast moving cargo vessels are striking and killing an increasing number of endangered blue whales and other marine mammals each year.
Tell NOAA's Assistant Regional Administrator for Protected Resources, Christopher Yates, to implement a speed limit in critical areas to keep ships from harming endangered blue whales.
Dear Mr. Yates,
I am writing to urge the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to require a mandatory speed limit in critical areas of California where blue whales congregate for migration. Fast moving ships are killing endangered blue whales and other marine mammals, deaths that are unnecessary and preventable.
Similar action has been taken on the U.S. east coast, where shipping lanes were intersecting the migration paths of endangered right whales. The Coast Guard modified the location of shipping lanes, and the National Marine Fisheries service joined in to add a speed limit to protect whales. This has led to reduced instances of ships striking whales.
A speed limit in areas where whales are most vulnerable balances the needs of commercial shipping with the health of the ocean. Not only would a speed limit protect ocean wildlife, but it will also reduce noise and air pollution.
I hope you'll stand with me and other Americans who value the safety of the last remaining blue whales and ocean ecosystems as a whole. Please implement a reasonable speed limit in California's most important whale migration routes.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!